Josh Lee - Director/Producer

Hi! I'm Josh Lee, director and producer of the upcoming Fathers documentary.


I grew up in Western Australia and studied at Murdoch University & FTI, gaining a first class honours degree in Media Studies and an Advanced Diploma in Video Production, before going on to complete a Masters in Documentary at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School.


I’ve had a life long love affair with documentary. My first film A Dollar for the Good Ones (24mins), won best documentary at the WA Screen Awards and received acquisition interest from the ABC. The film also played at numerous international festivals. 


After graduating I received a support through the Screenwest LINK initiative, to produce and direct Pain is Temporary Pride is Forever (50mins). This film also won best documentary at the WA Screen Awards and played at a number of festivals. 


Following this, I started a video production company, gaining a large amount of experience in event, commercial, corporate, documentary and educational production as a director/editor/dp. My work took me throughout Australia and provided opportunities in Asia, South and West Africa and Europe. I also worked in a number of remote indigenous communities, and conducted research in Egypt and Cambodia for Murdoch University.


In 2016 I decided to re-focus on documentary directing, embarking on the ‘World Film Project’ - producing 4 short documentaries in Central America and Asia. In 2017, I commenced an MA in Documentary. Making 2 documentaries - A Guide to North Korea (30min) which explored the fledgling tourism industry in the North Korea, and My Life the Tidal Wave (7mins) which gave me an opportunity to direct a large crew. 


I focused my Masters research on masculinity, mens issues and fatherhood. This culminated in a thesis entitled The Fathering Crisis and How Community Might Save Him, and led to the partnering with The Fathering Project, to create this documentary.


I’ve never felt more passionate about a project as I am with this project. I truly believe, this story has the capacity to deliver a powerful message on how we might create healthier pathways to manhood for our men and boys.